About Dalcroze

Dalcroze Education is a playful, experiential approach to teaching and learning music. It is a process for awakening, developing, and refining innate musicality through rhythmic movement (often called eurhythmics), ear-training, and improvisation.

This unique approach to musical learning makes music vivid for everyone, from young beginners though adult professionals.  When experiencing a Dalcroze class, you begin to feel, express, and master the flow that is essential to music, dance, and the other performing arts.

Dalcroze Education has been around a long time. The method Emile Jaques-Dalcroze developed goes back to 1886. It features interactive games and exercises that help students learn to trust their ideas and develop their own intuitions. Today, his ideas about education have been confirmed by scientific research.

Dalcroze is a rich, complex, multifaceted practice that encourages each of us to experience it on our own terms, as individuals. That’s why if you ask ten people “What is Dalcroze?”, you could easily get ten answers.

Dalcroze is best experienced in person, in real time, with others. So reading about it, while interesting, is only half the fun. Take part in a Dalcroze class or workshop to discover what it’s really about.

Benefits of Dalcroze Education

A trained teacher can guide students to unlocking the music within their body. The Dalcroze approach provides benefits for

Dalcroze Education is a key part of the curriculum at leading institutions, K-12 to collegiate, around the world. It is so intuitive, from an early age children in Dalcroze classes develop critical listening, motor, and social skills without even know they’re learning. Yet it can inspire musicians to reach for higher levels of performance in their professional development.

No matter what level of training you bring to Dalcroze, you can deepen your musical understanding and improve your body awareness—all while having an amazing time.

For musicians:

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Experience musical concepts in a playful manner and use your entire body as a musical instrument. When paired with private music lessons, Dalcroze Education promotes deep learning in all musicians.

Scientific research supports many of the benefits experienced by participants. The Dalcroze method has even been applied to contemporary design, to team building, and in combating the aging process.

A Dalcroze Eurhythmics Class

In a Dalcroze Eurhythmics class, students are moving in some way: in travelling around the room, or in gestures with hands, arms, heads, or upper bodies. Their movements are responsive to the music in the room. The teacher is probably improvising this music at the piano. (Sometimes recorded or composed music is used.)

The task is typically to move in space using certain guidelines, specific to the musical piece. The teacher shapes the music not only to the rules of the task, but to what they observe the students doing. The students, in turn, shape their accomplishment of the task to the nature of the music – its tempo, dynamics, texture, phrase structure, and style. Change is a constant in each lesson.

Dalcroze study is divided into three main categories:

In a Dalcroze class, the instructor combines these elements by using rhythm games, songs, gesture, and movement.

Certified Dalcroze teachers work in conservatories, universities, public and private schools, early childhood programs, and in private studios. Due to the intensive training process and the many sophisticated skills required to be a Dalcroze teacher, the number of certified teachers remains small but their impact on music education is significant.

No Dalcroze educator is alike, and no Dalcroze class is like any other. The Dalcroze approach allows for incredible variety in teaching style and methods. There are many different and unique ways that Dalcroze educators have used this approach to lead students to discover how they can embody music.

Find a Dalcroze workshop or class near you.